Immigrant RFA Cover Letter
Dear Select County and District Superintendents:
ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION ACT,
TITLE III, PART A, 2014–15 IMMIGRANT EDUCATION STUDENT SUBGRANT PROGRAM PRIVATE SCHOOL PARTICIPATION
Under Title III, Part A, Section 3114(e)(1) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the California Department of Education (CDE) is required to set aside funds to provide subgrant awards to local educational agencies (LEAs) that meet eligibility requirements for participation in the Immigrant Education Student Subgrant Program. You are receiving this letter because your LEA is eligible to apply for Title III Immigrant Student Subgrant Program funding and one or more private schools within the jurisdiction of your LEA is eligible to request to receive Title III products and services from your LEA.
Eligibility for immigrant funding is based on the counts of eligible immigrant students enrolled in public and private schools. Student enrollment data reported on the 2014 Student National Origin Report shows that one or more private schools within the jurisdiction of your LEA are eligible to receive Title III products and services. To view the private schools within your LEA and the corresponding number of eligible immigrant students, please visit the CDE Request for Applications Title III Immigrant web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fo/r28/imm14rfa.asp.
The private schools in your LEA have received a letter with instructions for submitting a request to participate in the Title III program. To accept or decline participation in the Immigrant Education Student Subgrant Program, a designee from the private school must access the web page listed above on or before July 18, 2014. Participation cannot be guaranteed for any private school that does not submit their request online on or before the deadline. The online system requires a personal identification number and password, which were sent to private school directors.
After July 18, 2014, a list of private schools that have submitted a request to participate in the Immigrant Education Student Subgrant program can be viewed by accessing the Web page listed above. The LEA must contact the private school regarding a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the provision of products and services to eligible immigrant students in the private school during the 2014–15 school year. As with other federal programs, your LEA should have already begun the annual Title III consultation process with the private schools in order to ensure that these products and services can be provided in a timely manner to private school students.
The MOU is to be completed no later than August 29, 2014 and should contain at a minimum, a description of the services to be provided to eligible immigrant students, the estimated cost of these services, and the expected dates of provision. LEAs may not allocate Title III funds directly to private schools, but instead, the LEA must provide products and services to eligible immigrant students enrolled in the private schools. Federal guidance on meaningful consultation between private schools and LEAs can be found at the U.S. Department of Education web page located at https://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/guid/equitableserguidance.doc. Pursuant to Title IX, Section 9506 (d), LEAs may not mandate, direct, or control the curriculum of a private school or establish blanket rules that preclude certain services and programs that the statute otherwise authorizes and that meet the needs of private school students and teachers. For a sample MOU, please visit the CDE Title III Immigrant Private Schools web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/el/t3/immprivschool.asp.
If you have any questions regarding the Title III Immigrant Private School Request to Participate, please contact Sandra Covarrubias, Education Programs Consultant, Language Policy and Leadership Office, by phone at 916-319-0267 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sandra Covarrubias, Education Programs Consultant
English Learner Support Division, Language Policy and Leadership Office